The Behavioral Health Specialist is primarily responsible for assisting with the management and treatment of inpatient and outpatient mental health activities.
- Collect and record psychosocial and physical data.
- Assist with care and treatment of psychiatric, drug and alcohol patients.
- Counsel clients/patients with personal, behavioral or psychological problems.
Job training for a Behavioral Health Specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 20 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including practice in-patient care. Training length varies depending on specialty.
Some of the skills you’ll learn are:
- Patient-care techniques.
- Emergency medical techniques.
- Enjoy helping and caring for others.
- Ability to communicate effectively and work under stressful conditions.
- Interest in chemistry, biology, psychology, general science, and algebra.
- High attention to detail.
Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time.
In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses.
Future Civilian Careers:
The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with hospitals, clinics, nursing homes or rehabilitation centers. With a behavioral health specialist background, you may consider a career as a psychiatrist’s assistant, a medical assistant or a physician’s aide.
PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program:
Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization.
- Johns Hopkins Hospital/Health Systems.
- NorthCrest Medical Center.
- Cleveland Clinic.
- Atlantic Health System.
- Bell Ambulance, Inc.
- Prince William Health System.
- Reliant Medical Group.
- Yale-New Haven Hospital.
- Baton Rouge General Medical Center.
- Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.
- Must possess a High School Diploma or equivalent.
- Must be between the ages of 17-34.